Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Vendange Tardive' Gewürztraminer 2011

We nabbed the last 240 half-bottles of this gorgeous and highly-rated (91/100 Wine Advocate, 17/20 Bettane & Desseauve) late-harvested Alsace Gewürztraminer from Léon Beyer. With flavours of pineapple, honey and sweet brown spices, it has it all.
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Tasting Notes
Léon Beyer's 'Vendanges Tardives' are full and sweet, only produced in the best years from grapes harvested when overmature or having attained noble rot. Very rarely obtained from a late harvest (Vendanges Tardives). The subject of the most stringent legislation in France, they are unique offering extremely concentrated flavors of tropical fruit, licorice and sweet vanilla. A fresh wine, the sweetness is offset by strong acidity and fine tannins.

Serve cool (10 degrees C.) as an aperitif, or with Foie Gras, duck, or desserts such as Pineapple fritters and Banana flamed in rum.
About this wine
Style White Wine, Moelleux, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Alsace
Grape Variety (Cépage) Gewurztraminer
Vintage 2011
Cellarage Drink 2018-2030.
Vinification Late harvest grapes (end of November) are pressed and then vinified in large oak foudres. The bottled wine has residual sugar of 62g/L.
Alcohol By Volume (%) 13

Léon Beyer

Situated just outside the impressive medieval town of Eguisheim, the Beyer family have produced wine in these parts since 1580. The firm was formally founded in 1870 by Emile Beyer who was succeeded by a son and grandson, both named Léon Beyer and both mayors of Eguisheim in their day.

With significant Grand Cru vine-holdings in the communes of Eichberg and Pfersigberg and 23 hectares in total, this domaine has always championed impressive, dry wines that complement the famous gastronomy of the region. These days this important Alsatian house is ably run by Léon II's charismatic son Marc and grandson Yann. 75% of their production is exported.

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